Recently, there have been some headlines making the rounds claiming that flossing isn't actually important and doesn't do anything for your teeth. You may have seen these and wondered – have I been flossing all these years for nothing? As a premier dental practice serving the Santa Monica area, Best Natural Smile is here to tell you straight and simple: flossing is still important, no matter what anyone says. In concert with brushing, daily flossing is still a critical part of your oral hygiene regimen.
Why Flossing Still Matters
To understand why flossing is so important, we need to consider the physics and the physiology of the teeth. When you brush your teeth, the bristles can only reach the exposed tooth surface – the front, back, and tops of the teeth. While this is an important part of the oral hygiene process, it necessarily leaves out the sides of the teeth, which are pressed together and can't be reached by the toothbrush. This means that when you brush your teeth alone, you're only getting about two thirds of your teeth – leaving the other third vulnerable to bacteria, plaque, and decay!
Flossing is an interdental cleaning method, allowing you to clean between the teeth. This removes the particles of food and bacteria that form plaque and cause cavities, protecting your teeth from damage. So no matter what the AP might claim, yes: flossing is still a critical part of your oral hygiene regimen, and you should still keep flossing every day, just as you always have.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Santa Monica, CA Dentist
In addition to daily brushing and flossing, you should also schedule regular appointments for teeth cleanings and checkups with your Santa Monica dentist. These professional cleanings are the only way to get regular deep cleanings, removing the hard plaque and tartar you can't clean with just a toothbrush and floss. If you'd like to schedule your next cleaning, we'd love to hear from you – just call us at 310-359-8444 or reach out to us at our contact page. We can't wait to hear from you, and we wish you luck in continuing to maintain your oral hygiene regimen!